On paper, UFC 147 wasn’t enticing. The preceding weeks saw UFC message boards awash with barbed words aimed at Saturday’s event.
The event had been cursed since its birth—a slew of injuries deflated 147, rendering it a joke among MMA consumers.
Thankfully, despite downgrades, I doubt buyers of UFC 147 felt robbed. The card provided just enough incendiary moments to warrant its cost.
Some fighters sparkled under Brazil’s blunt spotlight. Others scuttled into obsolescence. Some climbed the ladder in spectacular fashion, while others tumbled down to the bottom of their division.
The undercard was exhilarating, too. Among a collection of highlights, Vinicius Pancini snatched victory from Wagner Campos with a Tekken combo in Round 3.
Even some of Saturday’s losers boosted their stock—or created a blip on UFC’s radar—through brazen performances.
Rony Bezerra and Cezar Ferreira secured TUF titles in enthralling fashion. Congrats to them—they won the coveted show.
Simplest observations aside, scope out this list of less-obvious winners and losers: